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Reviews 977 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Its definitely a different change going from a Junior College to a Private University. There are definitely harder classes and lots of extra classes that you have to take even if you have your AA but the class sizes are small which allows you to have a more personal experience with your professors.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: You definitely don't see people walking around drunk or high and if they are you can't tell. In my opinion most people keep that in their housing areas. I have never been pressured to do anything which is really nice because I don't really party because I don't have the time to.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: We have nice facilities for a Division III college. People definitely support the athletic programs and we usually win our conferences. They have fan support and there is lots of school spirit around campus.

4 College Junior

Local Area: I grew up in the city right next to CLU and although this area is more small town than city there are still lots for things to do. We're about 30 minutes from the beach, there is a mall like 10 miles from the school, there are movie theaters, great restaurants, we have great hiking spots and we are about 45 minutes north of LA and 40 minutes south of Santa Barbara. Its a great place to be.

3 College Junior

Parking: I would say that the parking is pretty average. I usually find a parking spot everyday because we have a smaller campus even if you park farther from your classes you can get there in a good amount of time.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Pretty easy compared to other colleges, don't know if that's a godo or bad thing

4 College Freshman

Academics: Everyone is very helpful and they try to offer many different opportunities

4 College Freshman

Majors: Pretty good, I want to be a biomedical engineer.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone is pretty nice, but its not the smartest crowd.

4 College Freshman

Parking: Free parking, but get there in the off times to get a spot

2 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There is never anything going on at school because it is such a small school.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The campus would not be good to live on. It is dead a lot of the times.

2 College Junior

Party Scene: There are very few good parties, and even when they do happen, the host can be an asshole and not let you in. Your best best is small kickbacks at friend's houses

3 College Junior

Local Area: It is very quiet, and a lot of older people live here. But there are a lot of shopping centers, cafes, and great restaurants to choose from which is awesome. Also it isnt too far from LA so you can always head down there for a good time

2 College Junior

Campus Food: The food here is okay. You find what you like, but definitely get sick of it REALLY quick.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The girls are typically 7 and above. There are a couple girls that are hard to look at, but for the most part, every where you look theres a lovely lady in sight.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are so numerous restaurants within 10 minutes off campus, several of them offering discounts for students. Any price range, any style, it's easily available for you.

4 College Junior

Majors: Numerous academic programs are offered at the school with great classes for every type of major

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: The campus is a pretty place, the buildings are more modern looking they do not have very intricate architecture. The sports facilities are nice the baseball field is good and the gym is nice the volleyball net actually hangs from the ceiling and they just lower it on game nights and raise it after. If you like a very nice small town then Thousand Oaks is a great place to be. Plus its only like 30 minutes from Malibu beach.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Close to major shopping and dining areas. A 10 minute drive will get you to most places. Great variety of food and range of prices too.

5 College Junior

Scholarships: Start the process early as possible. There are various forms to fill out before the semester starts but I'm not sure if that is a campus specific thing or not. The point is get your FAFSA, Cal Grant, ect. taken care of ahead of time to help facilitate the process. The financial aid and business departments on campus are extremely helpful and willing to go out of their way to suit your personal needs. Don't be afraid to go to them with questions!

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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: The racial diversity is mostly white in our school but it is fair really. There is latino, afro decent and asians just not in large quantities.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: The parking is not that big there is times when we cannot find any parking if class is not in the morning.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Biochemistry is a very difficult subject, but the resources that Cal Lu provides aids the student in a very positive way and the professors are extremely knowledgeable.

5 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is free on campus. As an on-campus resident, I do not own a car, but of the people I know that have cars on campus, they easily find parking, both during school and after.


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The Centrum Café The Centrum Café The Centrum offers standard grill fare, salads, pizzas, sandwiches, wraps, paninis, ice cream, and drinks. Food can be purchased using cash, meal plans, credit card, munch money, or bonus points. The Centrum is a popular spot with students, faculty, and administrators. There are 11 specials that change weekly.
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Located in the heart of the beautiful, secure town of Thousand Oaks, CLU is an ideal university for those who enjoy a tight-knit community that focuses on academics, diversity, and social connections. The small student population offers students more occasions to bond with fellow Kingsmen and Regals, and to connect with professors who actually know them as individuals, not just as numbers. The semester system enables students to delve into courses of their interest, and the time spent on academic studies helps students discover what they would like to do after their CLU years. With more than 35 majors and 35 minors, and a mix and match of doubling up on both, students are bound to find their perfect area of study. CLU’s close, intimate environment provides students with what other large, public schools can’t: countless opportunities to shine academically and socially, and stand out as individuals without the pressure and competition of a large student body. Clubs, organizations, academic departments, and residence halls are just some of the places in which students can become involved, contribute to their school and local communities, and bond with other students, faculty, and staff.

To briefly break away from the hectic class schedules and loads of coursework, campus events, like Club Lu, afford students with musical-, sports-, art-, and food-related events. From sports games at Dodger Stadium to catching a comedy flick in Kingsmen Park, CLU events bring students together for a night of fun. At any of these events, in class, at the caf, or just hanging out in the dorms, it’s not difficult to see the diversity of students. Coming from a variety of social, economic, ethnic, and political backgrounds, CLU students bring a great understanding and appreciation for other cultures on campus.

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